A robot dog could soon be sniffing out hazards at Sellafield.
Spot the robot dog has been going through its paces at Sellafield as part of an active demonstration.
Sending robots into hazardous environments is nothing new at Sellafield. A fleet of land, air, and underwater vehicles are already contributing to the site’s decommissioning and clean-up mission.
Using robots for routine tasks in hazardous environments removes people from harm’s way and frees them up for more urgent tasks. But before technology can be deployed on the site it must be rigorously tested.
Spot underwent three days of trials at Calder Hall, the former nuclear power station which is now being decommissioned.
The demonstration was held in conjunction with US manufacturer Boston Dynamics, Cumbria-based engineering consultant Createc, and the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)
Calder Hall’s former turbine hall provided the perfect tricky terrain to test Spot’s agility.
If successful, Spot could join Sellafield Ltd’s fleet of robots, carrying out tasks like inspections and data capture across the site
Rav Chunilal, head of robotics and artificial intelligence for Sellafield Ltd, said:
Guy Burroughes, senior control systems engineer at UKAEA, said: